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President of Somalia welcomed “home” as alumnus of EMU’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute

Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud topped off attendance at the historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit hosted by President Obama with a visit to Harrisonburg, Virginia, on Aug. 7, where he renewed 13-year-old ties with Eastern Mennonite Uni ...More

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Consultations launched in conjunction with SPI

In late May, 2014, 35 people from 11 countries gathered on campus to discuss their ongoing work with EMU’s Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program. It was the first in a new series of practitioner-focused consultations and conferences that will be held each year during the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI). ...More

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PBS segment features Byler’s insights on situation of Christians in Jordan

PBS correspondent Kim Lawton turned to J. Daryl Byler, executive director of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, when she needed someone to provide context for a televised report on Christians living ...More

Candlelight vigil seeks nonviolent solution to Syrian conflict

Um Ghadeer arrived in Aman, Jordan, after a 300-mile journey with her husband and four children from Aleppo, Syria, after their home was destroyed in the country’s civil war. In her one-room home, the Sunni Muslim refugee served tea to Daryl Byler, who worked for an international humanitarian organization in Jordan for six ye ...More

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CJP director argues against bombing Syria, in Richmond newspaper op-ed

In June I returned from living in Jordan, where I spent six years as regional director for an international humanitarian organization. I had significant contacts with some of the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees pouring into Jordan over the past two years. Many expressed the simple hope that the multiparty violence engulfing their country will end soon. If U.N. inspectors conclud ...More

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Dynamic Duo Will Lead CJP Into New Era

The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) is moving into a new leadership era. J. Daryl Byler, JD, has been named as its next executive director, reporting to Provost Fred Kniss. Jayne Docherty, PhD, has been nam ...More

EMU Prof Launches 3D Security Initiative

Lisa Schirch The 3D Security Initiative based at EMU is attracting wide interest among national leaders who often don ...More

Believers Church Conference Explores Politics and Pacifism

“This world of 6.2 billion people is a different place than it was a generation or two ago. We in the Western hemisphere need to adjust our lenses to see it in new ways.” ...More